First Bandsaw Boxes - 1st name Initial Design

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Project by MikeSpanky posted 12-26-2014 02:41 PM 1884 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Of all the woodworking projects I’ve done for gifts this season, these were probably the most fun. After watching all you wood-jocks having too much fun making them, I thought I would give it a go. Except for breaking several band-saw blades things went well.

My first was pic 3. Used a couple of pieces of hickory along with some poplar and cedar. Using the hard woods made it a little difficult to cut through with my lower grade band-saw. For the rest I glued up a variety of poplar, pine and cedar scraps I had around and things went much smoother.

Since the boxes were to be gifts for Christmas I decided to personalize them. My idea was to design them using the first initial of each grandson’s name. B from Blake, M from Micah, N from Nick and C from Clay. The N and the C letters both were quite challenging but the final outcomes I thought looked good. Of all the woodworking gifts I gave, these got the greatest attention.

The interior is flocked. Exterior is Danish oil followed by several coats of poly oil base.

Thanks for looking.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#1 posted 12-26-2014 02:51 PM

Well done.
Of course they were received & viewed with astonishment and awe!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 12-26-2014 03:10 PM

I’ve made more than a few band saw boxes but never thought to use letters – nice job, they’ll love ‘em for sure

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 12-26-2014 07:27 PM

Very cool Mike.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 12-27-2014 01:23 AM

Very nice set of BS boxes!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 12-27-2014 04:26 AM

Thanks guys, you’re too kind.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#6 posted 12-27-2014 09:27 AM

My wife sugested I make some BS boxes made out of initials as gifts this year and I just couldn’t figure out how to do it. Now, after looking at the great job you did I think I may be able to give it a go.

-- Retired and lovin it

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#8 posted 12-27-2014 03:01 PM

Thanks everyone. These were really fun to make and very inexpensive. These were my first but I liked it so much, I know now what I’ll be doing with some of my left-over wood.

Hey americancanuck, I used MS Word to make my letter patterns. There’s lots of weird fonts available for free online. With the N and the C I had to really search for the right font that would be acceptable for the drawers. (My nephew’s daughter is wanting one with a J pattern. Still working on that one). After I found the correct size I cut the letters out and used spray adhesive to attach to the wood. Comes off easy with water and a little sanding.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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